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Macb. How, say'st thou, that Macduff denies his person, At our great bidding? Lady. Did you send to him, sir? Macb. I hear it by the way; but I will send : There's not a one of them, but in his house I keep a servant fee'd.—I will to-morrow, (And by times I will,) unto the weird sisters: More shall they speak; for now I am bent to know, By the worst means, the worst: for mine own good, Kh causes shall give way; I am in blood Stepp'd in so far, that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o'er. Lady. You lack the season of all natures, sleep. Macb. Come, we'll to sleep: My strange and self- abuse Is the initiate fear, that wants hard use : We are yet but young in deed. [Ereunt.
The open Country.
Enter the Three Witches, meeting HEcATE.
1 Witch. Why, how now, Hecate? you look angerly.
Hec. Have I not reason, beldams, as you are,
But make amends now : Get you gone,
SPIRITs descend in HECATE's Chair.
1 Spir. Hecate, Hecate, Hecate O, come away !
Hec. Hark! I am call'd ;-my little spirit, see, Sits in a foggy cloud, and waits for me.
2 Spir. Hecate, Hecate, Hecate! O, come away !
Hec. I come, I come, with all the speed I mayWhere's Stadlin?
3 Spir. Here;—
Hec. Where's Puckle?
4 Spir. Here;—
5 Spir. And Hoppo too, and Hellwaine too;
6 Spir. We want but you, we want but you.
Enter the Chorus of Witches.
Chor. Come away, make up the count. Hec. With new tall'n dew, From churchyard yew, I will but 'noint, and then I mount. 1 Spir. Why thou stay'st so long, I muse. Hec. Tell me, Spirit, tell what news? 2 Spir. All goes fair for our delight. Hec. Now I’m furnish'd for the flight. [HEcATE places herself in her Chair. Now I go, and now I fly, Malkin, my sweet spirit, and I. O, what a dainty pleasure's this, To sail in the air, While the moon shines fair, o
To sing, to toy, to dance and kiss'
ACT THE FOURTH.
A Cave:—in the Middle, a Cauldron boiling.
The Three WITCHEs discovered.
1 JWitch. Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd. 2 Witch. Thrice: and once the hedge-pig whin'd. 3 Witch. Harper cries;–'tis time, ’tis time. 1 Witch. Round about the cauldron go; In the poison'd entrails throw. Toad, that under the cold stone, Days and nights hast thirty-one ; Swelter'd venom, sleeping got, Boil thou first i'the charmed pot. All. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire, burn; and, cauldron, bubble. 2. Witch. Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake; F
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Then the charm is firm and good.
Enter HECATE, SPIRITs, and the Chorus of WITCHEs.
Hec. O, well done! I commend your pains;
Music and Song.
Hec. Black spirits and white,
1 Spir. Tiffin, Tiffin, Keep it stiff in. 2 Spir. Firedrake, Puckey, Make it lucky. 3 Spir. Liard, Robin, You must bob in. Chor. Around, around, around, about, about ; All ill come running in, all good keep out ! 4 Spir. Here's the blood of a bat. Hec. Put in that, put in that. 5 Spir. Here's Libbard's brain. Hec. Put in a grain. 6 Spir. Here's juice of toad, and oil of adder; Those will make the charm grow madder. Hec. Put in all these ; 'twill raise a pois'nous stench / Hold—here's three ounces of a red hair'd wench. Chor. Around, around, around, about, about ; All ill come running in, all good keep out ! Hec. By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes: - [Noise without.
Open, locks, whoever knocks.
Macb. How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags? What is't you do? All. A deed without a name. Macb. I conjure you, by that which you profess, (Howe'er you come to know it,) answer me To what I ask you. 1 Witch. Speak. 2. Witch. Demand. 3 Witch. We’ll answer. 1 Witch. Say, if thou’dst rather hear it from our mouths, Or from our masters'?